Free Fun: Explore BC Place Stadium this Weekend

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It’s been more than six months since the renovated BC Place Stadium opened its doors.  Equipped with a retractable roof, ultra-wide seats, spiffy new bathrooms and one of the biggest TV screens anywhere, it’s among the sleekest stadiums on the continent.

But have you had a chance to check it out yet?

This weekend is your opportunity to get a free, behind-the-scenes peek at the home of the Vancouver Whitecaps and B.C. Lions.  On April 28-29, B.C. Place is throwing open its doors from noon-4 p.m.   For all you armchair quarterbacks out there – who’ve always dreamed of sprinting into the Lions’ end-zone – this is your time to shine.

Stand under the new retractable roof and imagine 50,000+ screaming fans.  Stare up at the ginormous video screen hanging from the ceiling.  Walk the turf where B.C. sports history was made last November when the Lions clinched the Grey Cup.

Members of both the Whitecaps and the Lions will be on hand, just in case you feel like kicking a ball around or throwing a few passes.

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Free Fun: Explore BC Place Stadium this Weekend

Exploring Vancouver’s Newest Neighborhood: Olympic Village

It’s official. Olympic Village – home to more than 2,800 athletes and officials during the Olympic Games – is now Vancouver’s newest neighborhood. On Saturday, VANOC handed over the Olympic Village keys to the city. I checked out the event, which included speeches, music and more than a little controversy.

Hundreds of people turned out for a glimpse of the new community, which developers have called Millennium Water. All told, there are 1,108 units, ranging from high-end penthouses to rentals and affordable housing, divided among several blocks of gleaming new highrises. The neighborhood is anchored by a central square that looks out onto False Creek.  Tree-lined streets radiate out from the square, running past neatly manicured gardens.  A brand new community centre on the waterfront is scheduled to open this summer.  And plans call for an Urban Fare, London Drugs and even a new elementary school and park.

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Exploring Vancouver’s Newest Neighborhood: Olympic Village